“Let’s Eat” Dishtowel Tutorial

Hello Ribbon Retreat Readers!

It’s Beverly from Flamingo Toes again!

I’m here with Part Two of our fun new Kitchen set –
all using the adorable Verona from Riley Blake fabrics!

Today we’re making a fun “Let’s Eat” Dishtowel – all decorated with a appliquéd place setting, and a sweet ruffle of course!

If you haven’t checked out the matching Ruffles & Buttons Apron, click the link to check it out – and the coordinating potholder tutorial will be coming soon!

So let’s get started on the Dish towel!

You’ll need:

1 purchased dishtowel (or you can make your own)

Fabric for appliqués and ruffles

Moonstitch Ribbon for trim

Wonder Under fusible webbing

Pattern Pieces

Start by cutting out all your pattern pieces. You’ll need the pieces for the background shape, the cute wonky silverware, plate and napkin, plus you’ll need a rectangle for the ruffle 3″ by two times the width of your dishtowel.

Before you cut out the plate and silverware, Iron your fabric onto the Wonder Under, then cut out the shapes.

Peel the paper backing off of the plate, knife and fork. Iron them to the background shape piece. Leave room for the napkin and fork on the left side.

Sew around the appliqué pieces with a thin zig zag stitch.

Hem the bottom edge of the napkin piece. It’s a little hard to hem those points. You might need to make a slit in the corner to be able to fold the fabric under to hem.

Fold under the top about 1/2″ and then fold the sides in, to make the napkin shape.

Iron the fork piece to the napkin, checking your placement with the other pieces to make sure everything lines up nicely.

Sew the fork down with a zig zag stitch. You’ll leave the napkin piece loose.

Sew the background shape onto your dishtowel with a zig zag stitch also. Make sure you fold back the napkin so you don’t catch it in the stitching.

This next step is optional, because the zig zag stitch holds everything down just fine, but I wanted my pieces to “pop” a little more. So I sewed inside all of my zig zag stitching lines with a straight stitch in a little darker thread color.

Now we’re going to work on the ruffle. Hem the two short sides and the bottom of the ruffle. Sew a basting stitch along the top raw edge and pull up your threads so that the ruffle is the same width as your dish towel.

Sew the raw edge of the ruffle to the bottom of the dishtowel, right sides together. Press the ruffle down.

Add a row of your pretty moonstitch ribbon along the seam of the ruffle. I found it laid the best to sew two rows of stitching, at the top and bottom of the ribbon.

And that’s it! Now we have a sweet dish towel to match our new apron!

I hope are liking the set!!

You can check out my other tutorials here – I’d love for you to stop by!

Thank you to the Ribbon Retreat for allowing me to visit again!

And thank you Bev!

Bev has the cutest ideas. This place setting appliqué is adorable and would make a perfect gift after you make one for yourself. 🙂

Check out Flamingo Toes if you haven’t already to find lots more creative tutorials.

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a great day! 🙂

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  1. Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    That is absolutely darling. The colors are so cheerful!! What a little work of art =)

  2. VickiT
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Super cute! I just love all the awesome ideas Bev has with everything she does. This towel is certainly no exception. LOVE IT! Thank you.

  3. Heidi DigitalMisfit
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Bev that is adorable! Beautiful use of the Verona fabrics. I love the whole collection and now need to make my own ruffly apron and THAT dishtowel that nobody must ever touch!

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